ABOVE: These enclosed motoscafi are used on waterbus routes that occasionally get choppy, such as the route
to Murano and the boats that serve stations along the northern side of
Cannaregio, San Marco, and Castello.
Arriving in Venice
Tips on reaching the city center from Marco Polo airport, the
railroad station, and mainland highways.
Venice's car and bus gateway is depressingly ugly, so read our instructions on
where to park (if necessary) and how to find a vaporetto or water
Walking in Venice
How to find
your way with maps, directional signs, and street signs.
Enjoy unlimited travel on public transportation (including airport boats) plus
other benefits such as free use of public toilets, local discounts, and
admission to leading museums.
Air Travel/Airport Transportation
Venice Marco Polo
VCE has a modern terminal,
free baggage carts, and flights to cities on four continents. Best of all,
it's just 6 km (4 miles) to Venice's historic center by boat, taxi, or bus.
Airport Transportation veniceforvisitors.com
This article links to several of the articles below and contains other tips
for travelers who are arriving at Venice Marco Polo or Treviso Airport.
Venice Airport Boat
Henry James said Venice was best approached by
sea. You can follow his advice for the price of a local boat ticket. Also
see our article on Water Taxis.
Airport Buses veniceforvisitors.com
Here's how to take the ATVO coach or the ACTV
bus from Venice's Marco Polo International Airport to the Piazzale Roma.
Venice Taxis veniceforvisitors.com
If you prefer private transportation to a bus or you're headed from the
airport to a cruise ship, a land taxi may be just what you need.
Ryanair, Germanwings, Transavia, Wizzair, and
several other budget airlines fly into Treviso Airport, which is about 26 km or
16 miles from Venice.
Two bus lines offer scheduled coach service between Treviso airport and
Venice Airport Hotels
Got an early flight or heaps of luggage? Whether you're going to Marco
Polo or Treviso airport, pick a hotel that's convenient to transportation.
Ryanair, Transavia, and several other budget airlines use this small airport 30 miles
or 19 miles from Venice.
Rental Bike Venice
Although bicycle riding is prohibited in Venice's historic center, you can
bike on the Lido and the mainland. This shop in Mira, on the Brenta River,
will happily outfit you with a standard or folding rental bike and
associated gear. (Delivery is available for a small fee.)
Boats - Venice and Lagoon
When you hail a taxi, don't step off the curb--and if you
chase after a departing bus, make sure you're wearing a lifejacket.
This illustrated four-page article covers the basics of travel by
vaporetto, motoscafo, or motonave in Venice and the
Lagoon. For more details, see:
Venice's waterbus system is more Byzantine than St. Mark's Cathedral.
This article and route table will make the vaporetti less confusing.
Venice Vaporetto and Bus
Our article has general information and a fare table (including a
printer-friendly version to take with you.
Venice Tourist Travel Cards
Venice's waterbus fares are outrageous, but you can soothe the pain with a
12-hour to 7-day Tourist Travel Card from ACTV, the local transit authority.
Venezia Unica city pass
If you're in
Venice for several weeks or longer, or if you visit the city fairly often,
the ACTV's stored-value card is a great bargain: With the card, you'll pay
about one-sixth of the standard tourist fare for each vaporetto
Vaporetto Sights &
Photos and descriptions of Venice's water buses, plus a sound
recording of a vaporetto's arrival and departure.
Unless you're near a bridge, the quickest (and cheapest) way across the
Grand Canal is by rowboat. You'll ride in a secondhand gondola for the price
of a candy bar.
Having a chauffeured boat at your disposal is a memorable experience. The
fare isn't cheap, but it can be cost-effective if you're traveling in a
Gallivanting by gondola
The price isn't outrageous if you split it among six people. And
besides, a gondola ride is no more expensive than a bungee jump back home.
Venice Islands Tour
Plan your own day trip to San Michele, Murano, Burano, Mazzorbo, Torcello,
and the Lido di Venezia. Our 10-page illustrated guide tells
how to reach the islands by public transportation or on an escorted tour.
Venice Boat Rentals
Cruise the Venetian Lagoon as captain of your own vessel with a
self-drive Pénichette from Locaboat Holidays.
Venice to Chioggia
Chioggia, a busy fishing port at the southern tip of the Venetian
lagoon, is an hour and a half from Venice by bus and ferry.
Brussa Is Boat
Giampetro Brussa rents small boats (with or
without driver) for exploring the back canals of Venice and the Venetian
Venice and the Lagoon by the day or week, with an experienced tour guide.
(For pictures, see our
Travel Blog post.)
This page tells how to reach your cruise ship from the airport and includes
links to other articles of interest to cruise passengers.
Venice Cruise Terminals
The Terminal Venezia Passeggeri handles more than 600 ships per year and
vies with Barcelona as Mediterranean's leading cruise port. Here's what you need to know when departing or
arriving by ship.
Terminal Hotels veniceforvisitors.com
Our four-page article describes hotels near the Piazzale Roma (for
Marittima), San Basilio, and the shuttle pier at San Marco-Vallaresso.
to the Port of Venice veniceforvisitors.com
Here's how to reach the Marittima or San Basilio terminal from the airport
or railroad station--by bus, land taxi, airport boat, or water taxi. If
you're arriving in Venice on a cruise ship, see
from the Venice Cruise Port.
Venice Barge Cruises
Go Barging's La Dolce Vita offers 7-day, 6-night cruises by luxury
hotel barge on the Venetian Lagoon and the Brenta Canal.
Venice Lagoon and River
CroisiEurope, a French river-cruising line, offers voyages on Michelangelo
in the Venetian Lagoon and Po River Valley.
Eastern Mediterranean Cruise europeforcruisers.com
Our illustrated 10-page Europe for Cruisers review describes a roundtrip cruise from Venice to
Istanbul on an Italian megaship with five official languages and a thoroughly
European atmosphere. It's accompanied by a 241-page photo gallery.
Parking in Venice
Our two-page overview tells where to park in
Venice or on the mainland, with links to garages and other parking facilities.
Tronchetto Parking Garage
If you aren't willing to park on the mainland, this is the handiest
place to leave your car or camper during a Venice stay. Also see our
Venice People Mover article,
which tells how to reach the city center from Tronchetto.
San Giuliano Parking
If you can't afford the high parking rates in Venice, San
Giuliano is a good alternative: You can park alongside the lagoon and take a
water bus into Venice.
Venice-Lido Car Ferry
If you're driving to Venice and staying on the Lido, you can reach
the island by boat--and take your car with you.
Venice Railroad Station
Make sure you get off at the right station, or you'll be stuck in the suburbs. If you want to stay nearby, see
to Venice by Train veniceforvisitors.com
Many visitors stay in Mestre, on the Italian mainland, where hotels are
cheaper and parking is easier than in Venice. From
Mestre Railroad Station,
Venice is only a 10- to 12-minute train ride.
Venice's public transportation system offers route maps,
timetables, and other vaporetto and bus information online.
Porto Turistico di
When your ship comes in, park it in Jesolo, at the Northern end of the Venetian
lagoon. This tourist port has 488 boat moorings and can accommodate yachts up to
30 meters (100 ft.) in length.
High-speed catamarans run between Venice's San Basilio cruise terminal and five
Adriatic ports in Croatia and Slovenia.
Most cruise ships moor at the Marittima cruise terrminals (which can handle more
than half a dozen large
ships at once). The San Basilio Terminal and the adjacent pier at Santa Marta, just up the Giudecca Canal, serve
smaller cruise ships, ferries to Greece and Turkey, and hydrofoils to various